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30 Clever Uses For Coconut Oil You Probably Don’t Know

30 Clever Uses For Coconut Oil You Probably Don’t Know

Coconut oil is one of the biggest crazes in recent years. Health nuts and DIY gurus have come up with infinite ways to use this versatile oil in our daily lives. Here are some of the most innovative uses for coconut oil you can’t miss!

1. It gets rid of your dark circles and puffy eye bags!

Who likes swollen eyes in the morning? No one. Pat your dark circles and eye bags with a thin layer of coconut oil to look more awake.

2. You can also say bye to your wrinkles.

Similar to removing dark circles, rub a tiny bit of coconut oil twice a day to reduce your fine lines.

3. Use it to make toothpaste.

Let’s be honest, you probably don’t know what kind of chemicals are in the toothpaste you’re using. Mix coconut oil and baking soda into a paste to create your organic toothpaste.

    4. Use it to make pure coconut oil soap.

    I’ll admit, as a person with skin allergies, it is difficult to find soaps that don’t cause irritation to the skin. But a soap bar without chemicals, but only coconut oil, is certainly the most soothing to the skin. You can follow this recipe to make your own soap bar (it also comes with a laundry soap tutorial!).

    5. Replace your shampoo with coconut oil.

    Use coconut oil with apple cider vinegar to wash your hair. This method prevents hair discoloration and dullness. You can also apply coconut oil as a hair mask or conditioner after shampooing.

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    6. De-frizz and de-tangle your hair.

    For those with thicker, coarser hair, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the bottom couple inches of your hair to leave your hair shiny and soft. Coconut oil helps to coat your hair from moisture and smoothens your hair. It also helps with your split ends!

    7. It works well as a lotion too.

    We all know the moisturizing function of coconut oil. Rub it on your skin after your shower can instantly rejuvenate the skin.

    8. Substitute your creamer with coconut oil.

    Who doesn’t love a cup of coffee early in the morning? Coconut oil is a healthy alternatives to high calorie creamer. It’s time to say bye-bye to dairy and sugar and kickstart your day with coconut oil. Here’s how.

      9. Say hello to a healthier butter on your toast.

      Coconut oil is much healthier than butter or lard, and it boosts energy tremendously. Spread some coconut oil on your toast for a tasty morning snack.

      10. Also, make your mayo with it.

      Mayonnaise is delicious, but what’s better? A healthier version. I promise it won’t disappoint you.

      11. Use it to “season” your cast iron.

      In case you don’t know, cast iron pans are not non-stick. You need to “season” — coat the cast iron surface — before cooking. Most people use lard, which it is high in bad fats, so sub it out with the healthier coconut oil.

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      12. It’s great for cooking too!

      If you’re tired of using vegetable oil, olive oil, or butter, you can use coconut oil. It’s great for baking, stir fry, and pretty much any kind of cooking.

      13. Apply it as deodorant before you head out.

      Most of us can’t live without deodorant, especially in those sunny summer days. Use coconut oil as a base and mix with other non-toxic ingredients to reduce your odor after your sweat.

      14. Use it as sunscreen as well.

      For those who are easily sunburnt, this is great news for you. Apply a coat of coconut oil (it has an SPF of 4-6) in between your re-application of sunscreens. It also hydrates to reduce the chances of getting burned.

      15. Replace your chapstick.

      I’ve mentioned the moisturizing function of coconut oil couple times here. Simply rub some coconut oil on your chapped lips to help heal.

      16. Make your own coconut oil bug-repellent bars!

      Conventional bug sprays are full of chemicals to drive bugs away. Chances are they’re probably bad for you too. Try to keep bugs away with your own organic and natural repellents.

      17. Use it to DIY your scented candle.

      Lately, homemade candle tutorials are everywhere. And of course, you guessed it, coconut oil is one of the ingredients. You can also customize the aroma you want!

      18. Remove your make-up with it.

      Ladies, after a long day, what’s better to remove your make-up and hydrate your skin at the same time? You just need a teaspoon (or else) and warm water to rinse your face. Here are more hacks on this coconut oil make-up remover.

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      19. It helps wounds to recover faster.

      Coconut oil is anti-flammatory and it helps to sooth sunburns, rashes, cuts, and even arthritis. Rub it on your wounds or joints to relieve pain and itch.

      20. Use it create your exfoliating body scrub.

      This is a really easy recipe — mix coconut oil, sugar, and some essential oils together. Then grab your favorite loofah and buff your skin to soft perfection. This is probably cheaper than most body scrubs.

        21. It works well for your foot too.

        Coconut oil is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. If you have athlete’s foot, fungal infection, or a crack heel. Apply coconut oil to get rid of fungus and salve those dryness.

        22. You can have your personal manicure sessions with it.

        Another great use of coconut oil is for your nails. Apply it on your finger beds and cuticle to help your nails grow better. It also reduces the risks of coming into contact with bacteria or viruses in manicure salons.

        23. Use it as shaving cream.

        You can do this in two different ways. You can either use regular coconut oil on your body to get a closer shave or actually follow this recipe to make your own shaving cream.

        24. Create your own massage oils.

        Coconut oil provides great lubrication. Depend on your liking, mix in some essential oils or fragrances. Warm it up a bit and you’re ready to massage!

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        25. Take it as a health supplement.

        Take a teaspoon of coconut oil every day gives you the good fats you need.

        26. It helps your digestive system.

        Coconut oil is very easy to digest, and it contains compounds destroy bad bacteria and promote growth of probiotics.

        27. It may improve your thyroid function as well.

        Although there isn’t an absolute conclusion by researchers[1] on how coconut oil directly improves our thyroid functions, it looks like a good idea to try!

        28. It is a really great lubricant.

        You don’t always need WD-40 to smooth your bike chains and door hingers, coconut oil does the job as good as other lubricants.

        29. Use it to shine leather.

        Anything leather needs a bit of polish and repair time after time. You can use coconut oil on your leather shoes, belts, boots, or even the inside of your car (dashboard and seats). Rub it in a circular motion to give it a shine and prevent cracked leather.

        30. It also conditions your wooden household items.

        Whether it’s your wooden salad spoons or your best wooden rocking chair, apply coconut oil liberally and let it soak into the wood. This will help prevent rot, wear and tear, and the oil can also clean the wood after treatment.

        Still want more useful suggestions of coconut oil? Let me give you 4 bonus uses!

        • Start a campfire with it. Most oils are flammable (that’s why there is such a thing as grease fires…oops) and coconut oil is one of them. If you’re out camping and you have some coconut oil on you, just soak some kindling or some cotton balls in coconut oil and watch it light right up. This works as good as lighter fluid and is safer for the environment.
        • Use it to avoid chlorine exposure when swimming. Coconut oil provides a layer of physical barrier for our skin, to reduce irritation and allergies from chlorine.
        • Evidences show coconut oil treats yeast infections. Believe it or not, studies[2] have shown the oil kills a species of yeast. Click here to find out more.
        • You can use it on your pets too! If your dog is having skin issues like atopic dermatitis, coconut oil can relieve the itchiness and hydrate the dry skin. Also, it helps the digestive systems of animals too.

        I hope you look at coconut oil in a whole new light after this article. It works well from head to toe, any day, anytime, anywhere. Do you have a favorite coconut oil recipe by now? Let us know!

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        Last Updated on July 28, 2020

        14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

        14 Low GI Foods for a Healthier Diet

        Diet trends may come and go, but a low-GI diet remains one of the few that has been shown to include benefits based on science. Low GI foods provide substantial health benefits over those with a high index, and they are key to maintaining a healthy weight.

        What is GI? Glycemic index (GI) is the rate at which the carbohydrate content of a food is broken down into glucose and absorbed from the gut into the blood. When you eat foods containing carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into glucose, which is then absorbed into your bloodstream.[1]

        The higher the GI of a food, the faster it will be broken down and cause your blood glucose (sugar) to rise. Foods with a high GI rating are digested very quickly and cause your blood sugar to spike. This is why it’s advisable to stick to low GI foods as much as possible, as the carbohydrate content of low GI foods will be digested slowly, allowing a more gradual rise in blood glucose levels.

        Foods with a GI scale rating of 70 or more are considered to be high GI. Foods with a rating of 55 or below are considered low GI foods.

        It’s important to note that the glycemic index of a food doesn’t factor in the quantity that you eat. For example, although watermelon has a high glycemic index, the water and fiber content of a standard serving of water means it won’t have a significant impact on your blood sugar.

        Like watermelon, some high GI foods (such as baked potatoes) are high in nutrients. And some low GI foods (such as corn chips) contain high amounts of trans fats.

        In most cases, however, the GI is an important means of gauging the right foods for a healthy diet.

        Eating mainly low GI foods every day helps to provide your body with a slow, continuous supply of energy. The carbohydrates in low GI foods is digested slowly, so you feel satisfied for longer. This means you’ll be less likely to suffer from fluctuating sugar levels that can lead to cravings and snacking.

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        Let’s continue with some of the best examples of low GI foods.

        1. Quinoa

        GI: 53

        Quinoa has a slightly higher GI than rice or barley, but it contains a much higher proportion of protein. If you don’t get enough protein from the rest of your diet, quinoa could help. It’s technically a seed, so it’s also high in fiber–again, more than most grains. It’s also gluten-free, which makes it excellent for those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

        2. Brown Rice (Steamed)

        GI: 50

        Versatile and satisfying, brown rice is one of the best low GI foods and is a staple for many dishes around the world. It’s whole rice from which only the husk (the outermost layer) is removed, so it’s a great source of fiber. In fact, brown rice has been shown to help lower cholesterol, improve digestive function, promote fullness, and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. Just remember to always choose brown over white!

        3. Corn on the Cob

        GI: 48

        Although it tastes sweet, corn on the cob is a good source of slow-burning energy (and one of the tastiest low GI foods). It’s also a good plant source of Vitamin B12, folic acid, and iron, all of which are required for the healthy production of red blood cells in the body. It’s healthiest when eaten without butter and salt!

        4. Bananas

        GI: 47

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        Bananas are a superfood in many ways. They’re rich in potassium and manganese and contain a good amount of vitamin C. Their low GI rating means they’re great for replenishing your fuel stores after a workout.

        They are easy to add to smoothies, cereal, or kept on your desk for a quick snack. The less ripe they are, the lower the sugar content is! As one of the best low GI foods, it’s a great addition to any daily diet.

        5. Bran Cereal

        GI: 43

        Bran is famous for being one of the highest cereal sources of fiber. It’s also rich in a huge range of nutrients: calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and a host of B vitamins. Although bran may not be to everyone’s tastes, it can easily be added to other cereals to boost the fiber content and lower the overall GI rating.

        6. Natural Muesli

        GI: 40

        Muesli–when made with unsweetened rolled oats, nuts, dried fruit, and other sugar-free ingredients–is one of the healthiest ways to start the day. It’s also very easy to make at home with a variety of other low GI foods. Add yogurt and fresh fruit for a nourishing, energy-packed breakfast.

        7. Apples

        GI: 40

        Apple skin is a great source of pectin, an important prebiotic that helps to feed the good bacteria in your gut. Apples are also high in polyphenols, which function as antioxidants, and contain a good amount of vitamin C. They are best eaten raw with the skin on! Apples are one of a number of fruits[2] that have a low glycemic index. Be careful which fruits you choose, as many have a large amount of natural sugars[3].

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        8. Apricots

        GI: 30

        Apricots provide both fiber and potassium, which make them an ideal snack for both athletes and anyone trying to keep sugar cravings at bay. They’re also a source of antioxidants and a range of minerals.

        Apricots can be added to salads, cereals, or eaten as part of a healthy mix with nuts at any time of the day.

        9. Kidney Beans

        GI: 29

        Kidney beans and other legumes provide a substantial serving of plant-based protein, so they can be used in lots of vegetarian dishes if you’re looking to adopt a plant-based diet[4]. They’re also packed with fiber and a variety of minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial plant compounds. They are great in soups, stews, or with (whole grain) tacos.

        10. Barley

        GI: 22

        Barley is a cereal grain that can be eaten in lots of ways. It’s an excellent source of B vitamins, including niacin, thiamin, and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), fiber, molybdenum, manganese, and selenium. It also contains beta-glucans, a type of fiber that can support gut health and has been shown to reduce appetite and food intake.

        Please note that barley does contain gluten, which makes it unsuitable for anyone who is Celiac[5] or who follows a gluten-free diet. In this case, gluten-free alternatives might include quinoa, buckwheat, or millet.

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        11. Raw Nuts

        GI: 20

        Most nuts have a low GI of between 0 and 20, with cashews slightly higher at around 22. Nuts, as one of the best low GI foods, are a crucial part of the Mediterranean diet[6] and are really the perfect snack: they’re a source of plant-based protein, high in fiber, and contain healthy fats. Add them to smoothies and salads to boost the nutritional content. Try to avoid roasted and salted nuts, as these are made with large amounts of added salt and (usually) trans fats.

        12. Carrots

        GI: 16

        Raw carrots are not only a delicious low GI vegetable, but they really do help your vision! They contain vitamin A (beta carotene) and a host of antioxidants. They’re also low-calorie and high in fiber, and they contain good amounts of vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. Carrots are great for those monitoring their weight as they’ve been linked to lower cholesterol levels.

        13. Greek Yogurt

        GI: 12

        Unsweetened Greek yogurt is not only low GI, but it’s an excellent source of calcium and probiotics, as well. Probiotics help to keep your gut microbiome in balance and support your overall digestive health and immune function. Greek yogurt makes a healthy breakfast, snack, dessert, or a replacement for dip. The most common probiotic strains found in yogurt are Streptococcus thermophilus[7] (found naturally in yogurt) and Lactobacillus acidophilus[8] (which is often added by the manufacturer). You can also look into probiotic supplements for improving your gut health.

        14. Hummus

        GI: 6

        When made the traditional way from chickpeas and tahini, hummus is a fantastic, low-GI dish. It’s a staple in many Middle Eastern countries and can be eaten with almost any savory meal. Full of fiber to maintain satiety and feed your good gut bacteria, hummus is great paired with freshly-chopped vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

        Bottom Line

        If you’re looking to eat healthier or simply cut down on snacking throughout the day, eating low GI foods is a great way to get started. Choose any of the above foods for a healthy addition to your daily diet and start feeling better for longer.

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